Strong winds expected to continue overnight across the Inland Northwest – Katerina

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Wind gusts have started to pick up drastically across the Inland Northwest, causing downed powerlines and more than 18,000 outages so far.

The National Weather Service reported the strongest gust at 53 mph. in both Sandpoint and Athol. As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the strongest gusts are between the Coeur d’Alene and Silver Valley areas.

As of right now, winds are forecasted to pick up in the Spokane area around 10 p.m. So far, a 43 mph. gust has been recorded at the Fairchild Airforce Base. We are expecting to see gusts similar to North Idaho, peaking close to the 50 mph range.

A Wind Advisory is in effect for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas until 2 a.m. Monday. People should expect strong winds to stick around throughout the night, settling down between midnight and 2 a.m.

A Blowing Dust Advisory has also been issued for the Lower Columbia Basin until 2 a.m.